William and Kate won a major victory against the French tabloid Closer yesterday, with a court issuing an injunction stopping any further publication of the topless photos that shocked the world and prompted a Taiwanese animation last week. And before we go any further, yes, no one involved in this has any idea of what the Internet is.
The injunction stops Mondadori France from printing any more photographs or transmitting them to third parties via email. The penalties are steep: A French court will fine the tabloid €10,000 a day if it publishes any more photographs.
Of course, this is all ridiculous. Stopping the tabloid will not take away the millions of copies of the photos currently circulating online, and if the royal family thinks this will stop further invasions of privacy, well, Kate married into this sort of life. As the editor of a British tabloid told the Guardian, "I think the action has been taken while the horse is already halfway round the field."
The best she can hope for in the future? Less grainy shots that paint her in a more flattering light.